Chromodoris dianae

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Chromodoris dianae
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Chromodoris dianae
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Chromodoris dianae from Verde Island, the Philippines
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Chromodoris
Species: C. dianae
Binomial name
Chromodoris dianae
Gosliner & Behrens, 1998[1]

Chromodoris dianae is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.[2]


This species is known only from the Philippines, Indonesia and Borneo.[3]

Chromodoris dianae at Verde Island, the Philippines.


Chromodoris dianae can reach a maximum size of 4 cm length.[4] The body is elongate with a foot which is distinct from the upper body by a skirt like mantle hiding partially the foot. This species is very similar in appearance to Chromodoris lochi although it can be distinguished from the latter by the broken black lines, (as opposed to continuous) and the sprinkling of white specks on the notum. Chromodoris dianae has pale-blue gills and rhinophores with distinct yellow-orange tips.


Chromodoris dianae, like many other nudibranchs, feeds on sponges. It has been reported to eat Cacospongia mycofijiensis and Petrosaspongia nigra, both in the family Thorectidae.[5]


  1. ^ Gosliner T. M. & Behrens D. W. (1998) "Five new species of Chromodoris (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) from the tropical Indo-West Pacific". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 50: 139-165.
  2. ^ Caballer, M. (2015). Chromodoris dianae Gosliner & Behrens, 1998. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2015-11-20
  3. ^ Rudman, W.B., 1998 (April 8) Chromodoris dianae Gosliner & Behrens, 1998. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  4. ^ Christian Robilliart (19 August 2011) Chromodoris dianae. At Sous les Mers.
  5. ^ Rudman W.B. & Bergquist, P.R., 2007. "A review of feeding specificity in the sponge-feeding Chromodorididae (Nudibranchia: Mollusca). Molluscan Research 27(2): 60–88.

Further reading[edit]

  • Debelius, Helmut, 2001, Nudibranchs and Sea Snails: Indo-Pacific Field Guide, IKAN - Unterwasserarchiv, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • P.L. Beesley, G.J.B. Ross, A. Wells, (1998) Mollusca - The southern synthesis, vol.5, CSIRO, 1998, ISBN 0-643-05756-0
  • David Behrens, Nudibranch behaviour, Newworld Publication INC., 2005, ISBN 978-1878348418
  • Gary Cobb & Richard Willan, Undersea jewels - a colour guide to nudibranchs, Australian Biological Resources Study, 2006, ISBN 0642568472

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